This is Part 3 of a series of posts analyzing the legal issues in the hit podcast S-Town, produced by the creators of Serial and This American Life. For more background, check out the introduction to the series. Although the events in S-Town occur in Alabama, for the purposes of this series, the legal analysis will be based on general principles of law and Pennsylvania law, since we’re Pennsylvania lawyers.
SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t listened to the series yet and want to avoid spoilers, proceed beyond this point with caution.
Prior to John B.’s death, he tells host and producer, Brian Reed that Tyler Goodson and his brother Jake Goodson are each going to receive some gold when he dies. He makes various other promises throughout his recorded interviews with Brian about someone getting something when he died. John also had an elaborate suicide note that he kept on his computer. He even showed it to Brian during one of their times together. Surely with such planning, most people would assume John made a Will to ensure his final wishes were carried out. Unfortunately, once John is dead, no Will is ever found. Continue Reading Legal Lessons from Hit Podcast, S-Town – Part 3: Will